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The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) held a Land Tenure Summit from the 4 to 6 of September 2014. Given the controversial policy and legislative programme of the department stretching back to 2003, this was never expected to be a routine summit. However, even given the...

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PLAAS Position Paper for National Land Tenure Summit, 2014: Agricultural Landholding Policy

What is the policy?

The policy draws its inspiration from the 2011 Green Paper: one of the four ‘tiers’ of land tenure in South Africa will be ‘freehold with limited extent’. It proposes...

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PLAAS Position Paper for National Land Tenure Summit, 2014: State Land Lease and Disposal Policy

This policy signed by the Minister in July 2013 introduces profound changes in tenure rights in the land redistribution programme. Now, beneficiaries of land redistribution are not to...

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PLAAS Position Paper: Strengthening the relative rights of people working the land

‘Strengthening the Relative Rights of People Working the Land’ is a misnamed policy. It does not strengthen people’s rights, but suggests that equity schemes take the place of land reform.

What is...
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PLAAS Position Paper for National Land Tenure Summit, 2014: Extension of Security of Tenure Amendment Bill

The Amendment Bill proposes six significant changes to the existing law.

1. The definition of a ‘dependant’ is changed to limit this to a legal dependant. ...

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